Story Pod: the Open Story Library in Toronto
Designed by Architecture studio AKB, as its name suggested, “Story Pod” is a pod for stories. Located near Main Street in the town of Newmarket, the compact construction serves its purpose as a book exchange where visitors can take a book, leave a book, or lounge on the built-in seating for a relaxing reading session. The artistically designed structure is mainly made with a series of vertical slats. When the slats are closer together, they look like an opaque wall. But when it is open, it becomes a little heaven for book lover. To invite readers into the space, Story Pod’s doors pivot open in the morning to mimic the covers of a book. Once nighttime falls and the doors are locked to protect the books, energy efficient LED lights (which are powered by the roof’s solar panels) make the structure look like a lantern. Such a cool idea, and I hope there is one besides my home.